Then I took a deep breath and went back to AP, this time reading through Minal's critique on the manuscript (as opposed to her overall notes). Somehow the line edits are much easier to take, much more encouraging -- I think because they seem manageable (fix this line here) as opposed to impossible (make it better). Not that she really phrased it that way, but y'know. Plus, she sometimes comments on bits she likes, which I desperately need right now. (If anyone would like to read my book and just praise the good parts for me, I could really use that, I think. 'kay, thanks.)
Also, Minal's line edits are sometimes quite funny, like this one:
Grammatically, I can see how a fruit salad can be incorporated into your life, and how it, or the act of preparing it, could be one of several elements that (help) redefine who you are. But I cannot see how a fruit salad can recognize who you've always been deep down.Or this:
If I submitted the preceding sentence for your workshop, I think you would tell me that 'gorgeous, beautifully, comfortable, livable" don't really tell the reader much about what the place actually looks like. Try the 'be chaste' exercise from Le Guin?I laughed for a good minute for each of these, and if the laughter was slightly tinged with the hysteria of the crazed writer, still, laughing is better than crying. So thanks, sweetie.